Loddon Valley Link


Welcome to the September edition of the Loddon Valley Link


The summer is nearly over and September brings harvest festival services and other seasonal events. By the time you receive this magazine the Sherfield Show will be about to take place. Sherfield Village Hall will have its usual Last Night of the Proms celebration on 14th September, with a link-up to the Royal Albert Hall concert (p. 13). The Beer Festival is also in September, and a new event being held in the Village Hall is a monthly Sunday morning Village Market, the first one being on 15 September. Sherfield Park Community Centre has its own Last Night of the Proms, but this will take place on 21st September. 
The Sherfield Show will as usual include the announcement of and prizegiving to the winner of the annual Loddon Valley Link Cover Photo Competition. We have had a large number of excellent entries this year. which will stand us in good stead for the covers of future issues. You can see the shortlist on pages 26-27 (the centrefold).sep19 contents
Our new editor Chiara Zamin recalls her summer with a lovely account of her journey across Europe to reach her native Italy (pp 20-22).
Congratulations to our MP Ranil Jayawardena who has been made vice chairman of the Conservative Party, with a role in developing post-Brexit policy. But in addition to this new responsibility he retains his focus on local issues (see p. 16).
If you have time on your hands or even an hour or two a week to spare it is always worth considering contributing to the community by doing voluntary work. These pages sometimes feature appeals for volunteers, and this month Basingstoke NeighbourCare is looking for people to help in their befriending service for lonely and isolated members of the community. In addition Loddon Valley Sports Junior Football Club is looking for a Child Welfare Officer, while Read Easy Basingstoke needs people to teach adults to read. 
This month's cover picture with a harvest theme was taken by Karen West (who features in the LVL Photo Competition).




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